why get a degree in health sciences

Why a Degree in Health Sciences Might Be Right for You

by Dr. Wayne Aguiar, Director, School of Health Professions, University of Bridgeport

Are you considering choosing a major in the health sciences? Sometimes a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences can be the right choice. Here at University of Bridgeport (UB), we offer students majors that will lead to a career in a health profession or that provide a solid foundation for graduate studies.

A bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide career advancement opportunities to entry-level health professionals as well as to individuals seeking to enroll in graduate professional programs in the health sciences. For example, our HS degree offers concentrations in Community Health, Exercise and Fitness, Nutrition or Pre-Professional studies. No matter which concentration you chose, you will have a strong foundation in healthcare and be prepared for career advancement opportunities.

  • Community Health: Students will complete coursework in health promotion and disease prevention, as well as education in healthcare ethics and insight into healthcare disparities. Community health graduates will be prepared for healthcare jobs that require them to interact with and care for diverse patient populations.
  • Exercise and Fitness: Students will understand the relationship between exercise and wellness maintenance and be skilled at developing appropriate fitness programs for diverse populations, including preparation for certification as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise.
  • Nutrition: Students will understand the principles of human nutrition and the relationship to health and wellness using evidence-based strategies.
  • Pre-Professional: Students will be broadly prepared to enter professional schools and to successfully meet school admissions criteria in the fields of physician assistant (PA), physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and medicine (MD).

The faculty of UB’s Health Sciences (HSci) program embrace students with different backgrounds and interests. We are committed to helping you achieve your educational and career goals. School of Health Professions students interested in graduate school will find that a Health Science degree is an excellent preparatory degree for a variety of graduate programs, several of which are offered by UB.

For more information about what UB’s School of Health Professions offers, please contact Wayne Aguiar, Director of the School of Health Professions at waguiar@bridgeport.edu or to apply, please contact our Admissions department at https://www.bridgeport.edu/apply/.

Professor Wayne Aguiar has worked at University of Bridgeport since 2012 after 25 years of directing the School of Allied Health Medical Laboratory Science and Phlebotomy programs at Hartford Hospital. His specialty area is microbiology with a concentration in infectious diseases, parasitology, and immunology. He is the director of UB’s School of Health Professions in the College of Health Sciences.